Author Archives: Emily Files

Decrease in 4-year graduation rate, small increase in drop-out rate

Myra Zelensky teaches a 35-student French 1 class.The Ketchikan School District’s 4-year graduation rate dropped in the 2013-2014 school year. It fell from 77 percent to 73 percent. That’s still slightly higher than the statewide rate of 71 percent.

School Board starts safety assessment conversation

Students walk to class at Schoenbar Middle SchoolOn Wednesday evening, the School Board held a public work session to talk about how to deal with dozens of recommendations in a recent safety assessment report.

Thorne Bay XC star’s journey to find identity outside of running

Sheila Nyquest is Taylee's mother and cross country coach.Taylee Nyquest is a cross country star from the approximately 500-person town of Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island. Cross country has shaped her family dynamics, her relationship with the community and her perception of herself.

Community speaks out on Kayhi football coach firing

Former Kayhi football coach Les Silva talks to the Ketchikan School Board with football players standing behind him.There has been tension between the Kayhi football team and school administration since the beginning of the season, over the game schedule, over funding. Last Thursday, the tension came to head.

In uncontested race, O’Brien and Brown win School Board seats

Candidates Michelle O'Brien and Glenn Brown in the KRBD studio.Michelle O’Brien and Glenn Brown were elected to the Ketchikan School Board Tuesday.

Kayhi adapts to increased student enrollment

Myra Zelensky teaches a 35-student French 1 class.Enrollment went a little up in some schools and a little down in others. Ketchikan High School had the biggest influx, with a 37-student increase.

UAS Ketchikan receives $6.6 million 5-year grant

UAS professor Dale Miller shows ship simulators that need more classroom space.University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan will receive $6.6 million in federal Title III funds over the next five years.

School Board candidates talk school improvement

Candidates Michelle O'Brien and Glenn Brown in the KRBD studio.The two candidates for Ketchikan School Board talked about their hopes for the school district at a KRBD call-in forum Monday evening.

Black bear interrupts Southeast cross country race

1, 2, and 3A girls cross country starts their race, which was interrupted by a black bear. Taylee Nyquist is in the black.A black bear was in first place for a short time during one of the races at the Region V Cross Country meet Saturday in Ketchikan.

School Board asks what new projects mean for student numbers

Ketchikan’s student enrollment has been steadily increasing the past few years. But that steady rise might jump because of big Ketchikan-area projects.